CARMEL, IN — ADESA Seattle has named two new managers: George Powell, fleet manager and Dan Watt, assistant general manager.
Powell brings more than 20 years of experience in the automotive industry to his new role. He first worked for the company in 2000 as director of operations for PAR North America, a subsidiary of ADESA. He held this position for three years.
Watt has been with ADESA Seattle for more than 20 years and has held a variety of roles at the auction.
In 2003, Powell moved to Manheim Seattle Auto Auction, where he spent five years as the fleet/factory manager. He returned to PAR North America in 2008 as a contractor in vehicle remarketing. Then, in 2009, he joined ADESA Seattle, where he handled customer service issues, oversaw outside fleet lease operations and managed remarketing projects with PAR North America at the auction level.
“George is a great asset for ADESA Seattle. He’s got a lot of experience—he knows the auction business, and he knows the clients. Plus he has worked in remarketing for many years,” said ADESA Seattle General Manager Jason Arcaro.
As the fleet lease manager at ADESA Seattle, Powell will work directly with clients to manage day-to-day account activities and weekly sales.
Powell has a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore.
Watt’s range of experience includes working as the office manager, in operations, as the factory supervisor, factory manager, fleet lease manager and for the last 10 years he has been ADESA Seattle’s commercial account manager—where he has developed the fleet, financial and factory departments and built strong working relationships with both local and national accounts.
“I couldn’t have chosen a better person for the job of assistant general manager. Dan knows ADESA Seattle like the back of his hand and has developed so many outstanding client relationships. He’s a real team player,” said ADESA Seattle General Manager Jason Arcaro.
Watt has more than 22 years of automotive auction experience. Last year, Watt’s guidance and efforts helped ADESA Seattle win the 2009 Wells Fargo Finance Award and General Motor’s Auction Operational Award.